Stick with Surrey

  • By: Dave Tickner
  • Last Updated: May 29 2014, 12:34 BST

Surrey should continue their dominance over Middlesex in front of the Sky Sports cameras in Friday's televised T20 Blast clash.

Surrey get the vote to beat Middlesex
Surrey get the vote to beat Middlesex

With the T20 Blast now having a regular Friday slot in the cricket calendar, we'll be focusing on the shortest form of the game with our previews this season.

Towards the end of the week we'll look ahead to the Friday round of matches, which will usually include a televised fixture - one we'll take a close look at given the TV games are often seen as good punting material.

Here's our look at this Friday's action:

Surrey v Middlesex, live on Sky Sports, 1830 BST start

The big game of the night is at The Oval, where Surrey host Middlesex in a big London derby. These games have traditionally been among the best attended T20 games in this country, and the fact Kevin Pietersen may be involved only adds to the appeal. After kicking off their season with a double-header on the opening weekend, Middlesex are the only team to have played four games this season. They've lost all four. Even at this early stage, their bowling looks ill-suited to the short form of the game and with Eoin Morgan on England duty they've lost a key weapon in their batting line-up. Even at no bigger than 8/13, Surrey look the bet here. They've won five of the last six against their local rivals, including a thumping 86-run victory last season, and look to have more to play for here. Middlesex, currently sitting top of the LV= County Championship, could be forgiven even at this early stage for switching all their focus to that competition.

Best of the rest

The T20 season may only have been up and running for a fortnight, but Sussex have had an interesting campaign. They won a last-ball thriller against Surrey on opening night, then successfully defended what appeared a woefully inadequate 128 all out at Lord's before being annihilated in a tour match by Sri Lanka and going down to a heavy defeat against Hampshire. On Friday they take on Glamorgan, who have registered an impressive victory over Hampshire and gone down to defeat in a high-scoring thriller at Essex. With Sussex's class and pedigree, it's perhaps not hard to see why they're favourites here, but Glamorgan have to be the bet. Jim Allenby and Jacques Rudolph already shows promise as a high-calibre opening partnership in a team boasting plenty of nous and experience - often so crucial in this form of the game. With home advantage for the first time this season, and that impressive win at Hampshire (who beat Sussex handily) already under their belts, odds-against quotes look worth an investment.

In the North Division, the big story is the arrival of Aussie blaster Aaron Finch to bolster an already-powerful Yorkshire batting line-up. But having suffered defeat and a washout in their two games thus far, the Vikings look plenty short at 4/7 even against a Derbyshire side also looking for a first win of the campaign.